Should Redskins Pursue Terrance Knighton?

Sep 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (98) during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins have recently released nose tackle Barry Cofield.  Cofield had been their starting nose tackle for three seasons and although he was undersized he was a solid player and at times he was effective as the anchor for the Redskins defense.

With Cofield gone, the Redskins need to add more depth at nose tackle.  They could stick with Chris Baker, who replaced Cofield last season after he went down with an injury.  However, even though Baker like Cofield was solid at nose tackle, his best position seems to be at defensive end.

The Redskins have never really had a true space eating nose tackle since they’ve been running the 3-4 defense and if they are to run it properly, they need to get the proper personnel.  NFL Free Agency might be the best way to fill the void.

Terrance Knighton was recently released by the Denver Broncos and he’s now one of the top interior defensive linemen in free agency.  He’s 28, has great size for a nose tackle at 6’3, 331 and he’s been one of the better nose tackles in the NFL over the past few seasons.

Knighton will be a highly sought after free agent and it may take the Redskins breaking the bank to sign him.  But they need a nose tackle so it might be worth it.  However, if the Redskins are intent on adding a nose tackle, there’s may be a cheaper alternative at the top of the draft.

Danny Shelton might be an option the Redskins can turn to in the draft if they fail to sign a nose tackle in free agency.  But unless the Redskins definitely plan to draft Danny Shelton, then they should try to sign Terrance Knighton.